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Why do districts build new schools?


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

Why do districts build new schools? There are really only two reasons. One is because they have to. The other is because they want to.

Given the increasingly ridiculous tax burden we face, wanting to build a new school is or should no longer be an option. Responsible use of taxpayer money must start at the local level.

The only reason to build is because a district must. New schools in Caledonia, Chatfield, and Rushford-Peterson were built as a result of minority who wanted a new school and who finally, for one reason or another, got their way. These districts wished to, not needed to.

I have yet to meet anyone from Caledonia who admits to voting for and supporting the building of their new facility. According to every Caledonian I have spoken to, it is a fiasco. And the criticism is fierce. They once had an enrollment of around 1,000 students. Now they have about 600.

Chatfield held seven referendums before they got one passed. During the last election the superintendent and schoolboard asked for an additional $19 million in funding. They have got to be kidding. They either didn’t get an adequately funded referendum passed or management has been totally incompetent. Either way, they shouldn’t get a nickel more in taxpayer support.

After two overwhelming defeats, Rushford-Peterson finally got a referendum passed. Like Caledonia and Chatfield, adequate facilities existed.

Now I understand the folks in Spring Valley and Wykoff face the same “dilemma.” Do they need a new school? Not anymore than Caledonia, Chatfield, and Rushford-Peterson did. Some, in spite of specious reasons, just want one.

The one common method all of these districts have employed or will employ is totally legal but completely unethical. As a constitutional law professor told us on our first day of class, there is a difference between what is legal and what is right. Don’t confuse the two.

Proponents will do everything they can to get people who have no skin-in-the game to vote for a new school referendum. That includes rest home residents and young folks, particularly college students or military members, who recently graduated from high school but who still claim their folks homes as their legal residence.

Will they ever pay any taxes for the new facility? Very, very few will. In one recent Rushford class of 60 or so .....
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R-P community continues to support our school leaders

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are somet ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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A bad deal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jon Peterson of Peterson, Minn. A few final thoughts before the November 4th R-P school district vote: Administrators and certain organized groups of the R-P school district have WANTED a new school for 15 years; twice buying land without bei ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Rushford-Peterson School referendum

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood of Peterson, Minn. The Rushford-Peterson School referendum has recently been presented as you are either for or against caring for the future of our children. However, I believe that knowing the truth, and knowing all of our op ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Guest commentary: To the residents of the R-P School District

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Tayor Peterson, School Board Director, Peterson, MN As a school board member, elected by you and to serve you, I feel it is my job to keep you up to date on what has gone on the past few months and what will be going on in the future relating to ..... 
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